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Course overview

Fast-track your career in agriculture

 

Combine your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) with real-world experience on industry-scale agricultural enterprises, getting you job-ready sooner or building a solid foundation for tertiary studies in agriculture.

 

The innovative QATC Access Ag program offers a senior high school curriculum, fully integrated with accredited agricultural training and work integrated learning opportunities, providing pathways for an exciting career in agriculture or the wider agribusiness supply chain.

 

Students benefit from the integration of practical, real world experience with traditional high school subjects such as English and Mathematics, to achieve their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

 

This information is relevant to the Access Ag program commencing 2018. Please contact us for information regarding the Access Ag program in 2019.

 

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

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Vocational qualifications in agriculture

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CQUniversity Start Uni Now (SUN) units

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Work integrated learning

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Co-curricular training and activities

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Boarding options

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YOUR SUCCESS!

 

COURSE LOCATIONS

This course is offered at the following QATC locations:

  • Emerald Agricultural College (full time on-campus) with some training also taking place at other QATC locations including Longreach Pastoral College, and industry-scale QATC properties 'Berrigurra' and 'Rosebank'.

 

Current intakes:

Intake date/s Location

Semester 1, 2018

(Year 11 only in 2018; Year 12 places available from 2019)

Emerald

 

 

COURSE & FEE STRUCTURE

QATC Access Ag Curriculum Overview 

Achieve your QCE alongside accredited agricultural training and work integrated learning opportunities, getting you job-ready sooner and building a solid foundation for further education and career development.

Year 11 and 12 Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

QATC Access Ag students are supported and supervised as they work towards attaining their
QCE, studying core subjects – Math and English – and the Agricultural Practices subject via the Capricornia School of Distance Education.

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Vocational qualifications in Agriculture

The QATC Access Ag program incorporates two foundation agricultural certificate qualifications into the curriculum.

  • AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture
  • AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture

Students studying through the QATC Access Ag program apply their school learning in a practical environment, becoming work-ready sooner and placing them in a position to move onto further vocational or tertiary studies upon completion. Students are provided the opportunity to focus their stream of study on livestock, equine or cropping specialisations.

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CQUniversity Start Uni Now (SUN) units

Start Uni Now (SUN) is a CQUniversity initiative that allows students in Year 11 and 12 to study subsidised CQUniversity units while still in high school. Our partnership with CQUniversity means that two SUN units are automatically integrated into the QATC Access Ag curriculum - one unit each year - providing credit recognition in the CQUniversity Bachelor of Agriculture.

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Work integrated learning

Students undertaking the QATC Access Ag program have the benefit of work integrated learning during each year of study which takes place on the Colleges’ working agricultural enterprises and with leading industry partners. Practical, work integrated learning gives students the opportunity to apply their skills across a variety of real world situations, improve their workplace communication skills, and make a great impression on potential future employers.

 

Enriching student minds beyond the curriculum

Students can also take advantage of QATC’s additional extra-curricular training opportunities including short courses, workshops and seminars*, and benefit from a range of co-curricular training and activities, including:

  • Public speaking
  • Communication skills
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Resume writing
  • Financial management

* Additional cost may be involved to undertake extra-curricular training.

Course fees

The vocational education and training (VET) fee component is subsidised, subject to student eligibility for relevant Government funding.

Annual fees including tuition, resources, and board are as follows:

  Fee For Service Full Board Entitled Student Full Board Entitled Student Weekday-only Board Entitled  Day Student
Co-contribution $3,726 - - -
Co-curricular activities program $6,409 $6,409 $6,009 $5,809
First aid course $110 $110 $110 $110
Board (including meals and laundry) $13,690 $13,690 $7,288 $2,340
Meals only - - - $2,775
Total $23,929 $20,209 $13,407 $11,034

 

Year 11 intakes only in 2018; Year 12 fees in 2019 will be calculated on the designated 36 week attendance required to complete the second year of the Access Ag program

Co-curricular activities levy covers two (2) college shirts and costs associated with co-curricular  activities 

First Aid training in first year (CPR refresher only in second year at $65.00)

Day students will still require board for 36 nights per year, to cover multi-day training workshops and school camps at Longreach Pastoral College and other properties including ‘Berrigurra’ and ‘Rosebank’.

Meals are an optional purchase for day students. Day students have the option to provide their own meals while studying on location at Emerald Agricultural College or during day trips

Training is funded by the Queensland Government under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program.  Students should consult our fees policy on the QATC Fees and Funding page or Queensland Skills Gateway for information about eligibility requirements http://www.skillsgateway.training.qld.gov.au/

CAREERS

The AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture qualification, completed in Year 12, provides a general vocational outcome in agriculture, and builds on the AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture completed in Year 11.

Industry expects individuals with this qualification to perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications applied in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures.

Job roles vary across different industry sectors (depending on the elective stream selected) and may include:

  • Farm or station hand
  • Farm or station worker
  • Livestock transport driver

With further study through the CQUniversity Bachelor of Agriculture program, QATC graduates can open up a diverse range of career opportunities in the agriculture and wider agribusiness sectors.

Potential career outcomes include:

  • Agribusiness support sectors such as banking, marketing, consultancy, and logistics
  • Agritech
  • Agronomy
  • Cropping
  • Government policy development
  • Land management
  • Production enterprise
  • Livestock management
  • Industry analysis

 

CRITERIA

Compulsory requirements

Completion of Year 10

Preferred requirements

n/a

UNITS OF STUDY

AHC20116 CERTIFICATE II IN AGRICULTURE - COMMON UNITS

(below are the common units that are compulsory regardless of which elective stream is chosen)

Participate in work health and safety processes

AHCWHS201

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise and report hazards in the workplace. It also describes the skills and knowledge required to follow workplace safety procedures and directions.

This unit is applicable to supervised workers who are required to follow work health and safety policies and procedures.

All work must be carried out in accordance with enterprise procedures, recommended safe practices and the relevant legislation.

This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They identify and provide solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) and occupational safety and health (OSH) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented RTOs are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State and Territory OHS legislative requirements.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

 

Work effectively in the industry

AHCWRK204

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to work effectively on an individual basis and with others as well as within a hierarchy of management.

The skills and knowledge described in this unit underpin a broad range of activities applicable to a variety of job roles throughout industries at various levels.

The unit applies to individuals who work at various levels and should be contextualised to accommodate the responsibility of the individual.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

 

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

AHCWRK209

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to follow workplace procedures and instructions and to participate in environmentally sustainable work practices. 

This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Inspect and clean machinery for plant, animal and soil material

AHCBIO201

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to inspect and clean machinery of material that may contribute to the spread of weeds, pests or diseases. This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Install, maintain and repair farm fencing

AHCINF202

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to install, maintain and repair farm fencing.

All work is carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety legislation and codes, manufacturer’s specifications and sustainability practices

This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Operate two wheel motorbikes

AHCMOM201

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain and operate two wheel motor bikes.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety requirements, manufacturer’s specifications and sustainability practices. 

This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context.

Appropriate licenses for the operation of a two wheel motorbike are obtained where required.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

PLUS ELECTIVES...

(refer to Additional Information tab below for details)

PLUS CO-CURRICULAR

refer to our Student Life and Accommodation page

Additional Information

Elective Streams

In addition to the core units listed above, three elective streams are available to choose from to complete the two Access Ag agricultural qualifications:

ELECTIVE STREAM 1 - Broadacre cropping

AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture units  

    
(units relating to broadacre cropping, additional
to the six AHC20116 units selected as core
in the Access Ag program) 

AHCINF203 Maintain properties and structures
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors
MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations
AHCBIO202 Follow site quarantine procedures
AHCBAC202 Assist agricultural crop maintenance
AHCMOM205 Operate vehicles
AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment
AHCBAC201 Assist agricultural crop establishment
AHCBAC203 Assist agricultural crop harvesting
AHCIRG216 Assist with surface irrigation operation
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCMOM212 Operate quad bikes
AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture units             to be advised  to be advised - contact QATC for more information

 

ELECTIVE STREAM 2 - Livestock and horsemanship 

AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture units 

(units relating to cattle and horses, additional
to the six AHC20116 units selected as core
in the Access Ag program)        

ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely
AHCLSK207 Load and unload livestock
AHCLSK210 Muster and move livestock
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMEQU206 Perform horse riding skills at walk, trot and canter
AHCLSK202 Care for health and welfare of livestock
AHCLSK204 Carry out regular livestock observation
AHCLSK209 Monitor water supplies
AHCLSK206 Identify and mark livestock
AHCLSK218 Ride educated horses to carry out basic stock work
AHCHBR201 Check and treat horses
AHCMOM212 Operate quad bikes
AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture units                         to be advised to be advised - contact QATC for more information

 

ELECTIVE STREAM 3 - General Agriculture

AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture units     

(units relating to general agriculture, additional
to the six AHC20116 units selected as core
in the Access Ag program)    

AHCINF203 Maintain properties and structures
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors
MEM18002B Use power tool/hand held operations
AHCBIO202 Follow site quarantine procedures
AHCBAC202 Assist agricultural crop maintenance
AHCLSK202 Care for health and welfare of livestock
AHCLSK204 Carry out regular livestock observation
AHCLSK218 Ride educated horses to carry out stock work
AHCLSK209 Monitor water supplies
AHCLSK206 Identify and mark livestock
AHCHBR201 Check and treat horses
AHCHBR203 Provide daily care for horses
AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture units             to be advised to be advised

 

Course disclaimer

All information quoted is current at the date of publication. This information is applicable for Australian citizens or permanent residents only.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) reserves the right not to offer a course or unit and/or to decline the enrolment of a student in a course or unit on the basis of student demand and/or resource constraints. QATC advises that course offerings, structures, prices, instructors, assessment, unit objectives, and content may be subject to change without notice as circumstances dictate and reserves its rights generally.

Prospective students should contact QATC to ensure the information they are viewing about this training is still current.

Depending on training requirements and personal circumstances, students may be eligible for financial support, course funding or fee subsidies from government initiatives. For more information, refer to individual course pricing and the QATC Fees and Funding page.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) is a Registered Training Organisation. RTO 31258

At a glance

Achieve your QCE alongside accredited agricultural training and work integrated learning opportunities, getting you job-ready sooner and building a solid foundation for further education and career development.

  • On Campus, School Based
  • Full time
  • 2 years
  • Sem 1, 2018
  • 9 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: Please refer to the Course and Fee Structure tab